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  • Finding Hope in Adoption

    JOHNSTON, Iowa — November is Adoption Awareness Month and an event this weekend will open the conversation to individuals looking to adopt. The Hope Adoption Conference will be held November 15th and 16th at NorthPoint Church in Johnston. The event celebrates adoption, educates individuals and families about the process, and motivates people engage in caring for children who needs families. Along with information on the process, speakers will share their personal stories of adoption and foster care. You can learn […]

  • Raising Awareness of Lead Poisoning in Iowa

    DES MOINES, Iowa — In 2017, The Iowa Department of Public Health reports that 890 children in Iowa had confirmed elevated lead levels in their blood. That’s enough to fill 12 school buses. Lead poisoning is preventable so there are ways to reduce exposure to young children. The State Medical Director, Dr. Caitlin Pedati says toddlers are at a high risk because they tend to put items in their mouths. Lead can also be found in dust as well as […]

  • ‘Muscle Team’ Flexing Its Strength to Fight Muscular Dystrophy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Muscular Dystrophy Association of Iowa is holding its annual gala on November 7th at Des Moines’ Embassy Suites. Channel 13’s Sonya Heitshusen will be part of MDA’s “Muscle Team.” Teams are made up of athletes and MDA ambassadors, like Sonya’s buddy, Ben Schwartz. Proceeds for the event go toward MDA’s mission to save and improve the lives of kids and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases.

  • Des Moines Public Library Boycotts Major Publisher Over E-Book Policy

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Public Library is boycotting a publisher over a recent embargo on e-books. Macmillan publishers is one of the country’s five major publishers.  It recently made the decision that prevents libraries from purchasing more than one copy of newly released e-books for the first eight weeks after publication. Des Moines Public Library Director Sue Woody says Macmillan is refusing to meet the demands of readers.

  • Woman Behind the Keys of Carillon Inside Campanile Celebrates 25 Years

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The beautiful music ringing from the Campanile is one of the great traditions at Iowa State University. This weekend there’s a big celebration to honor the carillon’s history and the woman behind the clock face. Dr. Tin-Shi Tam is the University Carillonneur.  This is her 25th anniversary in the role. She is putting on a unique concert this weekend to mark the occasion.   The “Bells of Iowa State” Anniversary Gala Concert is Sunday, October 27 […]

  • Celebrating and Supporting Iowa Farmworkers

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa runs on agriculture and the help of our farmworkers. An event coming up will celebrate those dedicated employees.  It’s called the “I’m Thankful for Farmworkers Dinner.”  It will not only highlight their work, it will also benefit the organization that helps lift up migrant and seasonal workers in our state. Proteus, Inc.  is hosting the event. It’s also celebrating 40 years of service but not a lot of people know what they do. Chief Executive […]

  • T.J. Juskiewicz Explains Why He Left RAGBRAI and Created Own Ride

    DES MOINES, Iowa — It was a bombshell announcement Tuesday. The Des Moines Register’s RAGBRAI staff resigned and they were starting their own ride across Iowa next year. The former RAGBRAI director, T.J. Juskiewicz released a statement saying the decision was in response to the way the newspaper handled the Carson King story. A Des Moines Register reporter was fired after he dug up racially charged tweets made by King when he was 16. Juskiewicz said he received a lot […]

  • ISU Professor Breaks Down Tentative Trade Deal with China

    DES MOINES, Iowa — President Donald Trump announced a big trade agreement with China on Friday. He says the deal will dramatically boost U.S. agriculture exports. The president said, “They were purchasing 16 billion or 17 billion at the highest point, and that will be brought up to 40 billion to 50 billion, so I’d suggest the farmers have to go immediately and buy more land and get bigger tractors.” That is welcome news for Iowa farmers struggling during a […]

  • Anti-Bullying Symposium Offers Educators Techniques to Keep Classrooms Safe

    DES MOINES, Iowa — We are a few weeks into the school year and now education leaders are getting their own lesson in finding ways to end bullying in their classrooms. The 3rd Annual Iowa Anti-Bullying Symposium is Friday, Oct. 4 at the Iowa Events Center. The organization Iowa Safe Schools is hosting the event. It’s an opportunity for educators to explore ways to end bullying and make sure all kids feel safe. Session topics include cyberbulling, bullying in extra-curricular […]

  • ISU Journalism Professor Discusses Fallout of Des Moines Register Story on Carson King

    DES MOINES, Iowa — The Des Moines Register has received a lot of backlash, even threats, for its profile of Carson King. King is the young man who gained nationwide attention when he asked for beer money at the Cy-Hawk game and then decided to donate it to The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital. One of the Register’s now former reporters found racially insensitive tweets made by King eight years ago when he was 16 years old. The […]

  • ISU Theatre’s Upcoming ‘HERoic’ Season Celebrates Women

    AMES, Iowa —  The upcoming theater season at Iowa State University will be groundbreaking. It will possibly the only theater program producing an entire season of women playwrights. The Dramatists Guild of America found that in 2016 and 2017, about 30% of plays produced nationally at professional theaters were written by women. In the Midwest, that shrinks to 24%. Iowa State Theatre thought it was time for a change. This season, is called ‘HERoic’. All the shows were written by […]

  • Drake Law Expert Explains Why Impeachment Inquiry is Historic

    DES MOINES, Iowa — House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry after a whistleblower complaint raised concerns about a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymry Zelenskiy. In that call, President Trump asked Zelenskiy to look into why prosecutors ended it’s investigation into business dealing’s with Joe Biden’s son. Notes on that call were released today. The President said it proved he did not do anything wrong. Democrats say it still raises red flags. The impeachment inquiry is […]

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